Friday, December 8, 2017

Honoring Our Veterans - Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is an organization focused on honoring and remembering our veterans. Their mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating wreath-laying cemeteries at Arlington National Cemetery and over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 states.

Remembering and Honoring our veterans is important to me. This year I made a donation to Wreaths Across America:

A Tribute to the members of our family who served in the United States Military. Remember those who served.

American Civil War: Andrew Haggerty, John Lauer, John Loll, Joseph Loll, James McDonald, John McDonald, Andrew McDonald
Spanish American War: Leopold M. Loll
WWI: Gabriel Augustine Haggerty, Vincent Charles Lynam, Robert Edwin McDonald, Joseph Murosky, Sr.
WWII: Daniel L. Bukowski, Joseph R. Bukowski, Norbert Bukowski, Raymond H. Bukowski, John E. Chanis, Jr., Anthony Aloysius Fromknecht, Raymond Loll, Barbara Lynam, Robert Aloysius Haggerty, Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr., James Aloysius McDonald, Edward V. Murosky, Harry A. Murosky, William Murosky, Benjamin Ragan Norris, Christopher D. O'Neill, Edward Charles Selker, Jr., Leopold George Selker, Jr., Philip Franz Selker, Robert V. Pietrzak, Edward W. Zelazny Korean War: John Bukowski, Jr.
Vietnam War: James Arthur Murosky, Thomas S. Hazlett

The collage of our Veterans was also uploaded to the tribute site.

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Remembering Our Veterans

If you would like to learn more about the military veterans in our family and their service visit the Military Veterans Page.

Are you interested in volunteering? Visit the Wreaths Across America to donate a wreath or to sign up to participate in a Wreath Laying Ceremony.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

3rd Anniversary of the Old Family Photographs Website

Three years ago this week the Old Family Photographs website was launched! The website was established to preserve and share the large collections old family photographs that are in my care. Many of the photographs belonged to my great grandmothers.

Over the last three years the site has grown to house over 600 old family photographs and family documents. The documents include post cards, hand written notes, letters and newspaper clippings. The content is housed in thirteen different collections.

The collections currently available include:
Many of the photographs featured belonged to my great grandmothers Helen Bukowski and Frances Philomena Selker. Over the last three years other family members have been very generous and have donated additional photographs to be shared with the collections.

One of the key additions over the last year include the Edward C. Selker Sr. Collection. These were a lovely addition to The Selker Collection. The collection includes photographs of Edward C. Selker Sr. and his son Edward Charles Selker, Jr.

The second lovely addition expanded the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Virginia's daughter shared several old photographs and family records including photographs of Virginia's parents Ambrose Aloysius McDonald and Gertrude Anna O'Neill. The collection also includes photographs of Virginia's siblings Helen Gertrude McDonald and Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. Several photographs of Caroline Loretta O'Neill, Virginia's Aunt were also included.

The old family photographs website is housed under the MB Boutiques Brand. To navigate to the old family photo collections select Photo Collections from the top navigation bar.
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We are very fortunate to have a large collection of old family photographs. There are still many more old photographs to be shared. My goal going into fall and winter be to continue to add new content to the site on a regular basis. New content will be shared using this platform. Updates will also be provided via the Facebook page - Our Ancestors - The Murosky & McDonald Ancestral Lines if you wish to follow along that way.

To learn more about the work to setup the website and prepare the photographs for sharing please visit the Portraits of a Life section. Portraits of a Life is a project to digitize, archive, restore and share the large collection family photographs that are in my care. View the original post Launch of the Old Family Photographs Website.

Thank you for Reading!

-Michelle

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Formal Portrait of Four Young Men

This lovely formal portrait of four young men with musical instruments was shared by a Selker cousin. Presently the only man identified in the portrait is Edward C. Selker. Sr. in the lower right corner. Edward was born March 28, 1894 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania - the son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. There is another formal portrait of Edward C. Selker wearing a similar suit jacket, tie and shirt. The two portraits may have been taken the same day.

It is possible that Edward was photographed with his three younger brothers - Frederick William Selker (born 1896), Ambrose John Selker (born 1898) and Vincent Aloysius Selker (born 1900). There are family stories that that all of the Selker children could play a musical instrument and that the family would have concerts on Sunday's.

It is also possible that Edward was photographed with his Guth cousins. The two men standing in the back have a similar face shape to an unidentified Guth ancestor photographed with Edward's mother in this Guth Family Portrait.

Perhaps in time the other men in the photograph will be identified.
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Formal Portrait of Four Young Men
Back: Unknown, Unknown
Front: Unknown, Edward C. Selker, Sr.
This photograph is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Pam Selker Rak, my 2nd cousin 2x. Edward C. Selker, Sr. is the son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. From the Edward C. Selker Sr. Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are my 2nd great grandparents. Edward C. Selker, Sr. is my 2nd great uncle. His sister Frances Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. 

 References:
  1. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Edward C. Selker. Certificate Number: 9002.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Snapshot: Edward Charles Selker Jr.

A snapshot of Edward Charles Selker, Jr., the son of Edward C. Selker Sr. and Eva Theresa Margaret Zacherl. Edward was born 26 January 1926 in Shippenville, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

On 12 April 1944 Edward enlisted with the United States Navy in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He served as a Gunner Trainer. Edward was discharged from service on 18 June 1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Edward married Anna Mary Phillips and the couple had four children. This snapshot was taken by his wife shortly after their honeymoon in 1951. Edward was twenty five years old in this snapshot.

Edward passed away on 24 June 1992. He is buried with his Selker ancestors at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
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Edward C. Selker, Jr.
Photographed in 1951 - age 25
This photograph is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Pam Selker Rak my 2nd cousin 2x. Edward C. Selker, Jr. is a grandson of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. From the Edward C. Selker Sr. Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Edward C. Selker, Jr. is my 1st cousin 2x removed. He is a first cousin to my maternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are the common grandparents that link the cousins. 

 References:
  1. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Record for Edward Charles Selker, Jr. 
  2. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1950-2010; Series Number: Series 4. Record for Edward C. Selker Jr. 
  3. Find A Grave Memorial Number 84311697 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Guth Research Update: Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch

This is the second post in The Guth Research Update Series. The series will be focused on the ancestors of two German born brothers – Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth who settled in Clarion County, Pennsylvania in the mid 1800's. Over the last two years the family has been extensively researched with the assistance of Ute Brandenburg the owner of German Script Experts. I am thrilled to finally share the validation of the original research completed by Jr. Janet Staab many years ago. The Guth Research Update Series will also feature previously unknown Guth family members.

Other Posts in the Series:
Guth Research Update: F.X. & Leopold Guth

The first post in the series featured the birth and baptism records for Francis Xavier Guth and Leopold Guth. The birth and baptism records validated the brothers were the children of Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch.

Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Records

The Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register was used to validate Sr. Janet’s original research. The original family records from Sr. Janet indicated the Francis Xavier Guth and Leopold Guth were born in Untersimonswald. Various other sources also pointed to Untersimonswald. Leopold Guth was married in a Catholic Church and his children were also baptized Catholic.

The marriage record for Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch was located in the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register. The couple married 30 December 1822 in Neusimonswald. At this time of their marriage Neusimonswald was in German territory known as the Grand Duchy of Baden. Today Neusimonswald would be associated with the German State of Baden-Württemberg which was established after World War II.
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Untersimonswald would be approximately where the "o" is in Großherzogtun Baden

The marriage record for Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch in the original German:

Zur Neusimonswald wurde im Jahre Tausend Achthundert Zwey und Zwanzig den dreysigsten Dezember vormittags zehn Uhr von unterseichnetem getraut - der ledige Uhrenmacher Anton Guth von Neusimonswald, ehlicher Sohn des Uhrenmacher Anton Guth und der verstorbenen Katharina Wangler, alt 30 Jahre - mit der ledigen Theresia Rösch von Altsimonswald, des Weisblechers Johann Rösch und der weiland Katherina Wintermantel ehlicher Tochter, alt 27 Jahre.Zeugen sind: Joseph Oschwald Vogt in Altsimonswald und Joh. Baptist Guth, lediger 
Zimmermann von Neusimonswald. 
Simonswald den 30ten Dezemb 1822 
Duffner Pfr 

The marriage record for Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch translated to English:

Married in Neusimonswald at 10 o’clock in the morning on 30 December 1822 by the undersigned official: Anton Guth, unmarried clock maker from Neusimonswald, legitimate son of the clock maker Anton Guth and the deceased Katherina Wangler, age 30, and Theresia Rösch, unmarried, from Altsimonswald, legitimate daughter of the tin plate maker Johann Rösch and the deceased Katherina Wintermantel; age 27 
 Witnesses: Joseph Oschwald, mayor in Altsimonswald, and Johann Baptist Guth, unmarried carpenter in Neusimonswald 
Simonswald, 30 December 1822 
Pastor Duffner 
Untersimonswald Parish Register Duplicate 
[Translated by Ute Brandenburg, Iowa City, IA with German Script Experts

Validation of the Marriage of Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch 

The marriage record validates the date Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch were married on the date included in Sr. Janet’s records. Sr. Janet’s records also included the reference to 10 o’clock in the morning.

The Parish register indicate the couple married in Neusimonswald and Sr. Janet’s records used Simmonswald. Untersimonwald and Simmonswald are neighboring towns that are very close to together. The towns are approximately 1.7 miles apart. Residents could easily have walked between the two. The records are from the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register. It is likely that Neusimonswald was a variation as it was noted on other Guth other records as well.
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Untersimmonsald and Simmonswald, Germany
The marriage record also validates the family stories that clock making was the family trade. The German word for “uhr” means clock or watch. The marriage record indicates the occupation for Anton Guth and his father, Anton Guth, are hrenmacher or clock makers.

The marriage record includes the parents of the groom Anton Guth. The groom’s father is recorded as Anton Guth. The groom’s mother is recorded as the deceased Katherina Wangler.

The marriage record also includes the parents of the bride Theresia Rösch. The bride’s father is recorded as Johannes Rösch. The bride’s mother is recorded as Katherina Wintermantel.

The Parish records use the German spelling of Rösch with the umlaut mark.

Corrections & Additions 

Using the data from the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register the following corrections & additions were incorporated into my records:
  • Marriage Location for Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch was corrected to from Simmonswald, Province of Baden, Germany to Neusimonswald, Grand Duchy of Baden. My goal is to identify the location of a fact based on the name of the location at the time the fact occurred. (If that can be determined.) 
  • Marriage time of “10 o’clock in the morning” was added to the marriage record. 
  • The surname of Rösch was corrected from Rosch to incorporate the use of the umlaut mark
  • The name of Theresia Rösch’s father was corrected from Johann Rosch to Johannes Rösch to align with the marriage record. 
  • The name of Theresia Rösch’s mother was corrected from Katharina Rekinttermettel to Katherina Wintermantel. Ute indicated that the original spelling, Rekinttermettel, was not transcribed from German correctly. 
  • The occupation of “tin plate maker” was incorporated for Johannes Rösch. 

This concludes the second Guth Research Update post. The next post in the series will feature the children born to Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch.

Leopold Guth is my 3rd great-grandfather. Francis Xavier Guth is my 4th Great Uncle. Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch are my 4th great grandparents. Anton Guth and Katherina Wangler are my 5th great grandparents. Johannes Rösch and Katherina Wintermantel are my 5th great grandparents. My connection to the Guth line extends through Leopold’s daughter Frances Philomena Guth, her daughter Frances Philomena Selker, to my paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald.

References:
  1. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5581, Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1810-1825. 1822 - Marriage Record - Guth, Anton & Theresia Rösch 
  2. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5581, Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1810-1825. 1825 - Baptism Record - Guth, Franz Xaver 
  3. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5582, Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1826-1844. 1830 - Baptism Record - Gut, Leopold
  4. Map of the Confederation of the Rhine: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rheinbund_1812,_political_map.png

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day - Honoring the Fallen

Decoration Day was officially proclaimed in May of 1868 to honor the soldiers who died in the American Civil War. On the first Decoration Day 5,000 people gathered to decorate the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate Soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Today we know Decoration Day as Memorial Day. In 1971 Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday.

“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember. 


I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they'll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that's good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember."

-Ronald Reagan, 1986 Memorial Day Speech at Arlington National Cemetery.

As you enjoy your time with family and friends - please take a moment to honor the members of our family who died in service to our country:


Private Andrew Haggerty, my 4h great unclewas the son of Robert Haggerty and Rebecca Easly. He was born in 1839 and served in the Civil War. He died at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.To learn more about Andrew Haggerty view Private Andrew J. Haggerty - Civil War, Pennsylvania Infantry, 148th Regiment, Company I.

John Loll, my 4h great uncle, was born in MarcholsheimAlsaceFrance on 08 Oct 1843. He is the son of Antoine Loll and Mary Ann Jehl, my 4th great grandparents. He arrived in the United States on 07 Oct 1852 at the Port of New York when he was 9 years old with his family. At the age of 18 he would serve in the Union Army. In February of 1862 he would be wounded in battle and would die as a casualty of war on June 10, 1862 in a hospital in WashingtonD.C.

Private John McDonald, my 4th great uncle and brother of James McDonald, also served in the civil war. He enlisted as a private on February 25, 1864 at approximately age 28 with Company F, 63rd Regiment.  He was transferred to Company H, the 105th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He died October 16, 1864 in Beverly, New Jersey. He is buried in Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey. His grave marker references Company H, 105 PA. Inf. To view his  his grave marker visit this link. To learn more about John McDonald view The Mystery of Pvt John McDonald - Civil War Solider.


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Second Lieutenant Raymond Loll, my 2nd cousin 3x removed, was born in 1922 the son of Francis G. Loll, my 2nd cousin 3x removed, and Elizabeth Hartle. On February 20, 1943, at age 21, Raymond enlisted with the Air Corps in Miami Beach, Florida. Raymond was trained as a B-29 pilot and assigned to the 43rd Bomber Squadron and the 29th Bomber Group designated 'Very Heavy'. On April 14, 1945 Raymond's plane was lost and the crew perished on a Mission to Tokyo. Raymond was recorded as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Raymond was 23 years old at the time of his death. He was awarded a Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his service. He is also honored in the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. To learn more about Raymond Loll view Raymond C. Loll - B29 Bomber Pilot.

Private First Class Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr., my 1st cousin 3x removed, was born 02 Oct 1919 in PittsburghAllegheny CountyPennsylvania. He was the son of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great grand uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great grand aunt. Ambrose Aloysius was also the brother of Virginia McDonald Geary and is a double cousin to me as we are related by the McDonald and O'Neill lines. Ambrose volunteered for military service and joined the Marine Corps. He was killed by enemy fire in Tarawa in November of 1943, at age 24, upon landing on the beach. He earned a Purple Heart for his service. In addition to being remembered at the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii he also has a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. He now has a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery,  thanks to his sister Virginia McDonald Geary. Ambrose is featured in the blog post A Letter from Tarawa.
Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. 
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Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr.

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The gravemarker for Ambrose in Arlington National Cemetery
Staff Sergeant Christopher D. O'Neill, my 1st cousin 3x removed, was born in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania in 1919. He was the son of Owen James O'Neill and Nellie Boyles. Christopher was was a member of the 579th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy. He served as s a Right Waist Gunner/Assistant Engineer on the B-24 aircraft. He died on November 6, 1943 in a German Hospital in Middelburg, the Netherland after suffering injuries from jumping out his aircraft the day before. He was buried in the Ardennes American War Cemetery in Belgium. He was awarded a Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his service. To view his  his grave marker visit this link.

References:
  1. Memorial Day - http://www.usmemorialday.org/&nbsp

Monday, May 22, 2017

GeneaBloggers: May I Introduce To You . . . Michelle Murosky

If you are not familiar with Geneabloggers I would encourage you to check it out! GeneaBloggers encourages family history blogging. The site is a great source with a lot of helpful information.
The site hosts the Genealogy Blog Roll.

Last summer I submitted Our Ancestors - The Murosky & McDonald Ancestral Lines to Geneabloggers for their consideration to be added to the Genealogy Blog Roll. On August 17, 2016 Geneabloggers accepted my submission and incorporated Our Ancestors - The Murosky & McDonald Ancestral Lines!

I was very humbled when Wendy Mathias with GeneaBloggers reached out and asked if I would participate in the "May I Introduce To You . . ." series. Family history is my passion - so I was thrilled to participate. My interview was published today. You can read my interview at May I Introduce To You . . . Michelle Murosky.

Thank you Geneabloggers so much for this fantastic opportunity!

-Michelle

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